YOUR STORY MATTERS!
YOUR STORY MATTERS!
I began posting on social media about the random acts of kindness that myself, my family and friends completed in 2013.
About 3 years later, the unimaginable happened. You can read more about my personal journey below.
I began screen printing shirts during my recovery. I even raised funds to cover my minivan in kindness messages. Spreading kindness and inspiring others is my mission.
I'm a work in progress but my children remind me to strive for better. I don't claim to be the kindest person but I try to lead with compassion. My inhale goodness message began as a personal mantra. Leaving our mark in life is a choice. After many years of searching for a way to make a difference and incorporate some of my personal talents, I've finally found something I truly believe in. I'm beyond excited to believe the Kindness Tree Movement will make a big impact!
I will continue to spread the message of kindness through my Creative Kindness, LLC business around the country. Making cool t-shirts and reminding others the impact each one of us can make with kindness ideas. I believe we need to encourage our children to be kind but it starts with our example. From words to gestures, everything matters. We can encourage our children to identify kind acts, talk about them and the impact they have on others. .
Approximately 2013, I began posting random acts of kindness me and my friends and family performed on social media. I needed a way to escape the negative messaging in the world and this lifted me and others something good to place my focus. Goodness.
I posted 52 kindness challenges on my personal website and participated in things like handing out flowers to strangers and leaving random messages of encouragement in public bathrooms and on vehicles. You can find the 52 challenges on the Goodness page.
I was 1600 miles away from home, on a business trip, when a trip to the ER revealed a brain tumor that needed immediate removal. The tumor proved to be a benign hemangioblastomas. While benign, the tumor is rare. Just like me. :)
The kindness me and my family received from friends, family and strangers was beyond anything I could ever imagine. Many told me that what I had given to others over the years had come back to me 1000 times over.
My surgery and recovery experience provided an opportunity for me to learn a little more about brain tumors, especially brain tumors in children.
I taught myself to screen print while recovering. Opened a shop on ETSY with the hopes of beginning the transition and eventually being able to work from home. I never wanted to be away from my family again, unless it was on our terms.
My experience was the push I needed and I am committed to making a difference by donating a portion of each purchase to charity and connecting with others through their personal journeys.
Making the best of being away from the family. A little shopping for cowboy boots.
So I wasn't sure I wanted to post but it's best most know. As of now, I will not be on my flight home tomorrow. Long story short, I'm in the ER where I'm waiting to speak to a neurologist about a mass discovered in the back of my brain. Yes, this is not a March 2nd fools joke. My sense of humor still exists so whatever is in there it hasn't affected the most important thing. :)
Don't feel bad for me. Feel positive. There are a lot men in this ER, sorry babe. :)
I was given a steroid to reduce inflammation. Waiting a MRI. Each day you never know what you'll need to overcome.
My tumor was removed from the base of my skull. The surgery went well. My husband (pictured) and brother flew out to be with me. This is me, walking the halls several hours after surgery.
On our way, 1400 miles home. Not allowed to fly.
Little Rock or bust!!!
Pathology report back BENIGN!!!!
I was doing well.
Huge set back. Trip to local ER. Temporary shunt placed in the front of my brain to relieve excess fluid from brain.
A brief overview of the evolution of the Kindness Tree Movement.
THANK YOU TO ALL THE DETRA FANS!!!
I appreciate you allowing 10-15 days for processing as this is a one woman operation.